Thursday, September 01, 2005

HELP FOR KATRINA SUFFERERS

Houston and other Texas cities have opened their border and hearts to those left homeless by Katrina. I will try to restrict my ranting to my rant post and avoid expounding on it here.

Donations await those being transferred from the hell of the Superdome to the haven of the Astrodome. I figure some won't be anymore grateful than the reporters that are already making irksome remarks- but then charity isn't done for gratitude. Having done to others as I would have wished done unto me, as a Houstonian, I don't appreciate New Orleans gangbangers coming here and setting up their temporary territories inside my dome, as it appears they are doing according to certain news reports. In spite of the gun fire at the Astrodome, complaints are still being raised , even encouraged by certain MSM agitating reporters ,that access to the Astrodome is being restricted to those coming from the Superdome, in some attempt to control the influx of thugs, hopefully.

The state of Texas has set up a special refugee phone line (dial 211) for those currently in motels or finding their way to Texas on their own. All the refugee centers and redcross locations and other headquarters set up to help them find help will be listed on a recording

There is a drive for food, water, clothing, money, bedding, toys and other activities specifically for the Dome refugees. SBC has set up a bank of some 200 phones for their use. There is a move to set up television. The football stadium, as well as some of the theater and other venues around town, are offering free attendance for the refugees. There will be a free medical clinic. Even as the press was grousing about them having to continue camping out on a 20 yard line, albeit air-conditioned, nurseries for the children are being set up as well as cots and other amenities to improve their comfort, such as hot showers, cafeteria style kitchen, special accommodations for the elderly and frail.

I hear the cruise lines are considering offering their vessels to evacuate people from New Orleans. I admire them even considering it, because I don't think I would be charitable enough to risk having gangs of looters running loose on my luxury ships. And since I did bring it up, although I didn't intend to here... let me point out again that widescale looting and shooting and whining in general is NOT going on in Mississippi or Alabama. New Orleans never has been like the rest of the south in many regards... their rampant disregard for common decency being one of them.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Ministeries has sent out semi-trucks that are outfitted as kitchens and are dishing up food for folks in Mississippi. I have not heard of them in New Orleans and don't know if that is because they aren't letting anyone in yet or if the news just doesn't want to show them because they are going for the refugees- suffering -and -not -getting- relief angle.

There are many blogs and sites with listings for the various charities which are helping in this disaster, I will list those rather than relist all the charities.

http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=18473

http://instapundit.com/archives/025235.php


CRAIGSLIST for New Orleans has listings for help and temporary housing (some free or greatly reduced) all over the US for those homeless. Be sure to refresh the page in case of updates.

Bloggers are joining together in a fundraising effort. http://truthlaidbear.com/katrinarelief.php

There is a website http://www.gulfcoastnews.com/ that is giving good information and is also establishing an online list for those seeking family. They are also requesting assistance with server capacity to maintain the list since their resources are low at the moment. They also need help from people to get and post names of those in shelters and otherwise without power or access to the net.

Michele Malkin is providing much information on the charity drives and pertinent, pithy commentary as well.

Pointe Coupee Parish - The Pointe Coupee Relief Fund account has been set up at Guaranty Bank to purchase medicine and special needs supplies for the evacuees in the parish. The account number is 08-1563-2. (225) 638-3192 and (225) 978-8367.

People with boats - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants potential volunteers offering to use their personal watercraft to call the department before going to the rescue area. They must be able to transport and operate their boats, have provisions for three days including fuel, food, water and bedding and be able-bodied and capable of lifting 100 pounds. The telephone numbers are 225-765-2706 or 1-800-256-2749, ext. 0. Those lines will be answered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

Telephone numbers - Patty Rives, coordinator of community outreach for the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, said residents can call 211 from telephone land lines to get information on shelters or to volunteer. From cell phones, calls should be made to (800) 749-2673. That line will be manned from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Women's Hope Center - The Women's Hope Center in Denham Springs needs diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, juice, car seats, baby bedding, new baby bottles, baby clothing. Anything a mother and baby/toddler can use. Drop off at 222 Veteran's Blvd. Suite C off Range Ave. today, Friday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (225) 665-0214 or (225) 665-0246. Monetary donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1240, Walker, La. 70785.

Ascension Parish - Ascension Credit Union, 2430 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales, is accepting donations for Hurricane Katrina victims at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Monetary contributions also can be made to Operation Good Neighbor, United Community Bank, Account No. 1500651, P.O. Box 1565, Gonzales, La., 70707. A donation information line will be activated Friday. The number will be (225) 647-GIVE. Those wanting to volunteer should call 211. Blankets, pillows, toiletries, clothing, baby diapers, toys, bottles and other necessities also are needed. Call (225) 621-2800 or visit trey@ascensioncu.org.

Lafourche Parish - Kajuns for Katrina, spearheaded by state Rep. Karen St. Germain, D-Pierre Part, and the Pierre Part Knights of Columbus Council 5352, is preparing meals and collecting truckloads of relief items for New Orleans area refugees sheltered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

Residents may drop off clothing and bedding at Pierre Part Middle School, hygiene items and nonperishable food products at Toos Seafood and Steak House and monetary donations made to the Kajuns for Katrina fund at any Hibernia National Bank branch. (985) 252-0100.

Registered nurses - Baton Rouge General Medical Center needs registered nurses. These are paid nursing assignments. (225) 381-6464 or visit www.brnurse.com or www.brgeneral.org.
United Blood Services - Donors who are at least 17 years old can donate blood from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Baton Rouge center, 8234 One Calais, off Essen Lane near I-10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday at the Mall of Louisiana and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the mall. Bring photo identification. (225) 769-7233.

LifeShare Blood Centers - Donors who are at least 17 years old can donate blood from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid City, 3600 Florida Blvd. and from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the General's Bluebonnet campus, 8585 Picardy Ave. (225) 383-7728. There are also centers in Alexandria, Bossier City, Monroe, Shreveport, Lake Charles and Beaumont, Texas.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation - Tax deductible donations to the Hurricane Katrina Displaced Residents Fund and the Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund are being accepted online at www.brac.org. Donations by check should be made out to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and mailed or delivered to 402 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge, La., 70802. (225) 387-6126.

Operation Blessing - Tax deductible contributions can be made to Operation Blessing�s Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1 (800) 730-2537. This organization is a Salvation Army partner. Credit card donations can be made by visiting www.ob.org

Volunteers at LSU - Health-care volunteers are needed at the Baton Rouge campus. Shoes and mens clothing also are needed. New Orleans area evacuees are expected to be at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the Carl Maddox Field House for several days.

HOUSTON CALLS FOR DONATIONS COMING UP SOON

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